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Vampire of the Mists (Ravenloft #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,678 ratings  ·  45 reviews
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR --- THE DARK POWERS OF RAVENLOFT MIGHT HEAR YOU.

Jander Sunstar is a gold elf, a native of magical Evermeet in the Forgotten Realms. He is also a five-hundred-year-old vampire.

Torn by rage and grief, Jander is transported into the nightmare realm of Ravenloft, where he gains the attention of the demiplane's master, Count Strand Von Zarovich. But
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Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by TSR (first published September 1991)
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Alexander Draganov
When I learned that there is a book about a vampire elf I was already interested. Now I have finished the book and I can only say that I am truly and really impressed. The book is very emotional and the author phenomenally well tells the sad, haunting and melancholy tale of an elf, who is turned into a vampire, an embodiment of everything which is an elf is not. The pace of the book is a bit slow at the beginning, but in that way the reader falls fully into the story, which tells how this elf me ...more
Angelle Tusa
I think I was about 15 the first time I read this book, and I absolutely loved it then. The main character, Jander Sunstar, had such an effect on me that I wanted so desperately to hear more about his adventures before becoming a vampire, and I frequently used his name when given the choice to name characters in video games. I even created an email address using j_sunstar. I had borrowed the book from my then boyfriend (who, from what I recall, was more interested in Strahd than Jander) and so p ...more
Kati
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Angel
Mar 16, 2010 Angel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: vampire fans, fantasy readers, D&D novel readers
This one pretty much fit in my mood to read a decent vampire tale, and I mean real vampires, not the b.s. sparkling variety. This is as "old school" as it gets: the garlic, the vampire has to be invited to walk into a house, so on. You know, the way vampires are supposed to be. I had read this book a years ago, and I had forgotten about it. It was kind of neat getting to reread it now.

Jander Sunstar is a gold elf; he also happens to be a 500 year old vampire who finds himself in the horror real
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Jackie
Dull, boring, slow and not scary. A disappointment.
Greg Heath
In this, the first installment in the long-running horror/fantasy series Ravenloft, Christie Golden breathes terrifying life into one of the most unique, recognizable characters in modern fantasy: Strahd von Zarovich, vampire lord of the undead and ruler of the mist-enshrouded realm of Barovia. Although Strahd is, indeed, given spotlight in his first fictional appearance (the character was a popular mainstay of tabletop modules before this), he is actually not the protagonist of this story. That ...more
[Name Redacted]
Well, color me surprised. I knew Christie Golden solely from her sub-par World of WarCraft novels and assumed she was just another tie-in novel hack. But this book? This book is solid. It's fun, it's well-paced, the characters are likable, and she even masters the relative perceptions of time for three sets of characters with very different lifespans... Where did this Christie Golden go in the intervening decades?

As good as it is, though, there are some glimpses of the unfortunate author-who-is-
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Jessica
My favorite book from when I was a wee lass. I think I've read this book about four or five times (and that is huge, I hardly ever re-read). Jander Sunstar is just about the neatest character for a fantastical land I could imagine. And I am speaking from my innocent, lovely, ethereal teenage self.
Sam
I rarely re-read books, but this one is one of the few that get taken off my shelf again and again. Gothic Horror has never held more interest to me.
Lisa
Great read, mix of gothic horror and fantasy. I always wanted to read the Ravenloft books just never got around to it. Now I demand more Ravenloft!
Becky
I do love this series, but I have noticed something. In this world, evil will prevail.
Kat
(3 stars for the actual book, plus one for nostalgia)

Fifteen-year-old me loved unreservedly the tale of poor Jander Sunstar, nature-loving, sun-worshipping elf doomed by the curse of the vampire to walk always in the darkness, preying on the blood of the living ... and honestly, there is still a lot to enjoy for the (slightly) more mature reader, although if Vampire of the Mists is a classic it is only within the limited realm of RPG-to-novel tie-ins. Every trope you can imagine is fully present
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Brian
Going into this novel I felt like Golden was going to give me a story much like her later novel Arthas: Rise of the Lich King where the main character has suffered a tragic incident in his life and cannot get beyond it. For Jander this seemed to be magic, though at the outset you don't know why he abhors magic as much as he does and even in the end I am not sure about his hatred of the mystical art. I guess he associates it with his vampirism, not really sure. Other than this one comparison to h ...more
Travis
Vampire of the Mists by Christie Golden follows a gold elf vampire named Jander Sunstar, who is hell-bent on revenge. Jander gets thrown into a land called Barovia where a lord, Strahd, takes him in. When trying to found out who hurt his beloved, he finds his answers were right under his nose.

Negatives:
1) Time Passing. I really was lost because I didn't know how much time passed in some parts. I was really shocked to suddenly see Anastasia pregnant, then suddenly her child is running around town
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Conor
Alright so over the years I've manage to find almost all the Ravenloft novels and struggle my way through them, however, Vampire of the Mists was one that I just couldn't seem to find. Having come across it at a Salvation Army store in Brunswick (Melbourne) I put all other things aside and began to read. Now don't get me wrong, I love Ravenloft- the campaign setting, the memories- but after all the time waiting Vampire of the Mists just didn't reach the potential I thought it had. So as not to s ...more
Bryer Cole
Jander is a breed unlike most. A golden elf by birth who takes pleasure in being in nature and its inhabitants and sun-bathed patches of field. Now, however, he is vampire. Sworn to nights and a painful bloodlust that leads him far away from his natural being and to a mysterious female prisoner that lives in a shack of an insane asylum. Jander falls for the girl with a tormented past and she takes him on her journey of revenge, self-discovery and, finally, peace.

Beautifully written and packed w
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Angela
I tried (really, I tried!) to like this book, but it was not meant to be.

I read it once through when I bought it in 1991, and have carried it around with me for years, from place to place, city to city, storage unit to storage unit, always intending to try it again...you know, maybe it would be better upon a subsequent reading. But no, the overwrought and downright purple prose got the better of me every time I opened the cover. (And I've read books using words of varying shades of lilac and lov
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Taddow
Having last time read this book during high school I decided to revisit some of my youth by reading this book again. I have been intrigued by Strahd's character since the first time I (or rather a character of mine) encountered him in the original gaming module back in junior high. I thought this novel did justice to the vampire and I liked the contrast between the two vampires (Jander being a likable "good" vampire). I tend to enjoy the traditional vampire stories like this more than the popula ...more
Casey Schreiber
this was a fun and detailed vampire book. i am intrigued by ravenloft \nd will be reading more of these books!
Radu
Ok for the time I read it. A teenage read though.
Kimberly Strong
I could say I was biased going into reading this book... and that would be true. "Oh, another vampire book..." But I vowed to read it because I went to school with Christie and I think she's a wonderful person. The book was delightful! I was only disappointed that it ENDED! I wanted to know more about the characters. I could say more but don't want to spoil it for anyone. This book I think is out of print, but if you can get it, do so. It was very creative.
Jeffrey
This is a surprisingly good read considering its a dungeons and dragons novel. Ultimately it is more of a tragedy with a back drop of fantasy horror. The characters are like able. The setting is interesting. The writing is good. Nothing to far fetched and none of the poorly described action scenes and hokey direct from game play translations that are typical of TSR novels.
Jeff Waltersdorf
Found a cardboard box in the basement with old gaming fiction, and thought I'd rip through a few of them. I loved the gothic horror setting of Ravenloft years ago, but could never quite capture the magic I envisioned for the gaming table. This novel goes through the motions, setting up our Dracula-standin through another tortured vampire-with-a-heart-of-gold.
Cory
It was enjoyable, no doubt. It took me about a month and a half of on-off reading to complete. The struggle between the two vampires felt very strategic, chess-like, if you will, and as it should have. It was very easy to get into the characters, and the book had great flow, and a wonderful (however abrupt) ending. Argh, that Strahd!!! I'd recommend it.
John Steiner
I would've rated it higher, but for reading a third installment of the series and discovering the intent of never ending the conflict between Count Strahn Von Zarovich and other characters crossing into his realm. It's important to know when a story is complete and continuing it past that point diminishes all that came before.
Scott McCloskey
Well, it had Strahd von Zarovich in it, so that's good. It's a decent read, though Jander Sunstar was both a good and bad point to me. On the one hand, I did like how he handled the "reluctant vampire" bit. On the other hand, he ended up a bit too angsty for my tastes.
Lindsey
vampire drama story. alluring, emotional, and mysterious. one of only two good books in a series. Christie Golden is just one of those authors that you are baffled how she can write characters so well you feel sad when you finally close the book.
Chris Cagle
I thought this was a pretty good book. The story really interesting and the way his life and Strahd's were interwoven was very well done. I'd recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of Ravenloft, vampires, or D&D.
Josh
This was one of the first Ravensloft books I read as a teenager. It does a great job of capturing the feel of that world with characters that are engaging.
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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. She has over a million books in print.

2009 will see no fewer than three novels published. First out in late April will be a World of Warcraft novel, Athas: Rise of the Lich King. This is the first Warcraft novel to appear in hardcover. Fans of the youn
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